Hey chart fans, Music Week, the industry bible (in an old-fashioned print sort of way), will begin printing charts from data generated from last.fm. It seems the ‘industry’ is creaming itself about the stats that we are producing voluntarily as we listen to music on our computers and iPods etc.
It is the site, say aficionados, that discovered Arctic Monkeys long before their much discussed emergence on MySpace. It noted the popularity of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, the bestselling single of 2006, weeks before it became the first ever number one based solely on download sales.
Now its influence on the music industry has been officially acknowledged. Music Week, the influential trade title, will this week publish a chart based on the internet listening habits of the social networking site Last.fm, the first time the magazine has included data from an online supplier.
This could be interesting. The Postal Service’s ‘Such Great Heights’ was the most-listened to track in last.fm for aeons before the site went supernova and was bought by CBS, and it’s still in the upper etchelons. This could prompt a re-release or a remix for well-deserving but underexposed tracks such as this one. Linkin Park and Muse are currently atop the pile. Yawn.
Alas, the most-listened to artists are similarly conservative: The above two round off a Top 5 lead by The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead. Oh dear.
Can I suggest that you download and play some of my mixes on repeat, so that I can get into the charts. A dream fulfilled!